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5 Lessons EVERY Kindergartner should know..BEFORE starting First Grade

5 Lessons EVERY Kindergartner should know..BEFORE starting First GRADE!

I hear it a lot.
How do I know if my child is ready for FIRST GRADE?
He /she  will be six.
Is he/she ready?
Well..as a “veteran”
 FIRST GRADE teacher,
there are a few
lessons EVERY Kindergartner should know
BEFORE starting FIRST GRADE.
Here are the
5  MOST IMPORTANT THINGS
you can teach your
kindergartner
BEFORE
they enter FIRST GRADE.
First and foremost…
they need to be able to
TIE THEIR OWN SHOES!
And KEEP THEM TIED!
There is NOTHING worse than kids running on the playground
tripping on
THEIR OWN SHOELACES!
I cannot teach 25 students to tie their shoes.
Parents…please…teach your kids to tie their shoes!
In first grade…they will might..maybe will,
LOSE A TOOTH!
They will might have a “wiggle” tooth.
I WILL NOT PULL IT OUT!
“I promise not to put MY hands in YOUR mouth,
AND you will NOT put YOUR hands in MINE!”
Please..discuss this AT HOME!
If your pants are too BIG…
get a BELT!
Not a belt with multiple straps, or a buckle that requires PLIERS!
PLEASE..a belt that can be put on
and TAKEN OFF…QUICKLY!
Odds are..if the belt needs to come off…it needs to come off  FAST!
Parents, please…teach your kids how to use it!
Pencils are for writing with..
NOT CHEWING ON!
They are NOT TEETHING RINGS!
Please keep them (and most other first grade tools)
OUT OF THEIR MOUTH!
and last..
and MOST IMPORTANT..
I am your TEACHER.
You may call me Mrs.
You may call me MOM.
I answer to GRANDMA.
I may  probably will answer to GRANDPA.
Treat me kindly.
Say nice things.
Be Polite.
Follow our rules.
Smile.
Give me a hug.
And we will have a wonderful year in
FIRST  GRADE!
OK..kindergarten parents…
GET THEM READY FOR FIRST GRADE! 🙂
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The “WEE” Little Ones are a’WATCHIN

The “WEE” Little Ones are a’WATCHIN

‘Tis the month of MARCH!
The “WEE LITTLE ONES”..
are a’watchin..
(Like my Gealic?) HAHA
MARCH?
ALREADY?
BTW…
There are 294 days …until CHRISTMAS! 🙂
Just wanted to  FREAK YOU OUT!!!!!
OK….It’s ONLY  MARCH!
Whew!
As an “official” IRISHLASS.
( Well…kinda…married a McCarty…IRISH TO THE MAX!)
And ..I carry Scottish/Irish genes.
So I am an “IRISH  LASS”.
One of my fav. poems..I know it’s a song!
I love the lyrics!
“When Irish Eyes are Smiling”
The chorus…
When Irish eyes are smiling, 
Sure, 'tis like the morn in Spring. 
In the lilt of Irish laughter 
You can hear the angels sing. 
When Irish hearts are happy, 
All the world seems bright and gay. 
And when Irish eyes are smiling, 
Sure, they steal your heart away.
Awwww….
Makes me heart HAPPY!
I have been to the “EMERALD ISLE”.
I have “KISSED THE BLARNEY STONE”…kinda gross.
( Story another time )
So I want  to share some “Blarney” with YOU!
And
Celebrate the WEARIN OF THE GREEN
on St.Paddy’s DAY!
Go n-éirí an bothar leat
(May your journey be successful)
* Don’t forget to wear YOUR GREEN on St. Patrick’s Day
…don’t want to get
PINCHED! 🙂

If it’s Sunday

It must be time for..

NIBITS FOR NEWBIES!

This week’s THEME…

ME!

Sorry.

 I am heading out for

SPRING BREAK.

Report Cards are done.

Assessments have been recorded.

Assemblies  enjoyed.

AND I AM EXHAUSTED!

So as we RECHARGE..

And yes FOLKS…YOU NEED TO RECHARGE!

Give yourself a break!

WE WORK HARD!

It’s OK to say NO!

No…I don’t want to go to….

NO…I don’t want to go out tonight… ( I plan on going to bed EARLY!)

NO…I don’t want to …

YES!

I just want to stay in my COMFY clothes ( PJ’s, sweats. yoga pants, etc)

I want to eat JUNK FOOD

and

I am binge watching whatever the remote lands on..

I AM NOT MAKING ANY DECISIONS!

YIPPEE!!!  Spring Break!

Now…I am a GMA!

After a few “ME” days…

I am having 3 ( of 4 ) of our grandkids to spend a couple days!

I am NOT wasting a minute of it!

IN COMES PINTEREST……………..

St. Patrick’s Day  GREEN FEAST!

We are having a party!

and…  PAINTING!

Painting CLOTHES…. Painting T-Shirts…TUTUS!

I AM SOOOO  EXCITED!

PINCH ME!

NO!

I’ll be wearing MY GREEN TUTU!

HAHAHA

Now…I am NOT making ALL of these…

Just getting ideas! 🙂

Of course…Corned Beef & cabbage!

And GPA’s HAT!

And then..

Gma & Gpa will…..

SLEEP  FOR  A  WEEK!!!  🙂

So…enjoy YOUR time OFF!

I know I will!

Get Your Hands DIRTY!

Get Your Hands DIRTY! 🙂

The SUN is SHINING!
The birds are “chirping”.
My chickens are laying EGGS!
It’s almost SPRINGTIME folks!
We gotta get ready!
So …how?
What do I do first? Then? Next?
( Sound familiar? )
We in NORCAL are ready to…
GET OUR HANDS DIRTY!
We have 3 raised gardens…
And an extra large garden.
 Yes…We have our own windmill.
( NO..it does NOT pump water…BUT IT LOOKS SO COOL!)
Last year.. 12 ft. tall SUNFLOWERS!
Corn, tomatoes, garlic, onions, tomatillos, cilantro, peppers,
green beans, squash, pumpkins, grapes
In the beginning…(sunflowers)
And our helpers…
Our granddaughters ( & new grandson) LOVE DIRT!
Best friends with WORMS!
(Put your coffee grounds into your garden…worms LOVE THEM!)
We also have 2 chickens..
Snow white (Black..I know…SNOW WHITE has BLACK HAIR)
and Rapunzel (  She used to have yellow feathers..)
Granddaughters named them..
Thank You Disney!
We also live in the suburbs…NO FARM!
We just grow what we use & use what we grow!
So Valentine’s DAY is usually the “day”.
START YOUR SEEDS!
HUH?
How? Where?
HUH?
We use seed starter kits.
( Lowes, Home Dept, etc)
We put one seed in each “pot”, water daily,
and keep in the sun..
INDOORS!
(Usually on MY kitchen table for a while). 😦
As the seeds sprout…we move them into a small greenhouse outside for acclimation.
As the seeds gain height and leaves…
We plant them in the garden(s).
We try to plant/ sprout / acclimate/ plant in the garden
at different times.
That way we always have produce ripening.
I also have herbs:
cilantro, parsley, basil, rosemary, chives, mint
growing year round.
This year we are trying something new.
( In addition to what we already have..)
Straw Bale Gardening!
Researching it now.
Looks promising!
(I think I may propose this one at school too).
Great for growing plants in a small space!
OK..then what?
We have ALL of this summer produce!
What do we do with it?
(You can only eat so much…so fast!)
Well…
Hubby cans!
(Yes…HE  CANS!)
* This year SANTA brought him a new pressure canner!
Happy hubby…Happy  wife! 🙂
Peaches…yummy!
Salsa, spaghetti sauce, tomatoes.
ALL kept in storage for WINTER!
And me?
I dehydrate..I dehydrate WELL!
I Love my dehydrator!
My new LOVE is
PERSIMMONS!
I can’t wait to dehydrate them this fall.
Persimmons to snack on..ALL YEAR LONG!
YUMMY!
And so…
it’s time..
( Actually..we are just starting seeds..you see,
The farmer’s time table for planting is:
“When you can put your bare behind on the soil
& it is WARM..
time to plant!”
I haven’t actually tried that…
I  think I will wait for a little more SUN and make a good GUESS!
It’s almost time!
GET YOUR HANDS DIRTY!  🙂
If you are looking for a fun gardening unit for your CLASSROOM..
*click on the FREE PREVIEW..:)
 

Clean up, Clean up..everybody clean up!

Clean up, Clean Up…Everybody Clean UP!

Can you hear the song?
Here’s a link to help you…
My NEW YEAR’S Mantra!
CLEAN UP!   CLEAN UP!
I LOVE to start the NEW YEAR with cleanliness!
NO …I AM NOT  OCD ( quite the opposite ).
I like to start the year off with a clean slate…doesn’t always stay that way!
🙂
So here I  go!
MY Closet!
ICK!
Keeping these…pants together..skirts…etc
Hubby even did his shoes! 🙂
Pile to GO!
Cleaned out my closet…found my LOST slippers!
YIPPEY!
Pile of unneeded hangers!
Gave some of them away with donated clothes.
Kept some…yes..I got rid of the WIRE HANGERS!
HAHAHAHAHA
So I am DONATING 2 bags of
“UNUSED” clothes & shoes
( Doesn’t fit, holes, haven’t worn, aren’t going to wear…)
to Goodwill.
Have you tried this COOL  closet  trick?
Take ALL of your hangers and turn them
BACKWARDS!
As you wear something…
turn the hanger forwards.
Next year…
ANY hanger still turned backwards…
YOU HAVE NOT WORN IN ONE YEAR!
DONATE IT to someone who will!
The Christmas Decor!
I LOVE my Christmas tree.
I turn on the lights, sit in the dark, and watch it twinkle!
But…it has been up since November.
( Yes, before THANKSGIVING!)
I didn’t have Thanksgiving at MY house..so..
UP WENT THE CHRISTMAS DECOR!
Makes me happy!
But…Time to “CLEAN UP, CLEAN UP!”
Gma loves help! Such a decorator!
It takes a LONG time to put ornaments away!
You have to touch each one…remember when or where you got it…
the memories are sometimes OVERWHELMING..
Sniff..sniff..giggle..giggle
We started this years ago…
When we travel, or have a special place…
we buy an ornament.
BUT…NOT ALL PLACES HAVE ORNAMENTS!
so…
we buy a KEY CHAIN…write the date or special place
and hang it on the tree!
Our tree is about remembering the fun times TOGETHER!
Newest member of my snowman ornament collection.
Don’t forget the year!
Little sister got married last year in HAWAII!
We were ALL there!
So FUN!
This is why we keep things!
My hubby made these in PRESCHOOL!
Circa 1965-66
They take their VIP place at the TOP of the tree!
and last…
ME!
I don’t make New Year’s Resolutions…
I don’t need ANOTHER thing to worry about!
But..
I have changed my eating habits!
( Lost 15 pounds on the way )
My new favorite “treat”…
APPLES & Peanut Butter!
But wait!
 Isn’t Peanut Butter FATTENING??????
Here’s my SECRET..
Slice apples ( I buy mine pre packaged & sliced ). 🙂
Put them single layer on a plate.
Put 1 Tablespoon ( Yes I measure ) peanut butter in a small zip-lock bag.
Close bag. Microwave PB ( mine about 20 seconds).
Snip ( tech term) the corner off of the bottom of the PB bag.
DRIZZLE over apples!
It’s like FROSTING the cake!
Every apple has PB!
Lick your fingers clean!
YUMMY!
3 Weight watcher points! YESSSSS!!!!
So…I am beginning my
CLEAN UP
mode.
I should start on the kitchen cabinets, or the bathroom…..
I think I hear
APPLES & PB
calling me!
Happy New Year’s,  my friends!

Nibits for Newbies 12.20.15

If it’s SUNDAY..

It’s time for

NIBITS FOR NEWBIES!

This week’s theme…

MAKING  MEMORIES!

Short & sweet…

This GMA takes pictures!

LOTS OF THEM!

I have  HUGE tubs FULL!

Someday my 4 kids and 4 grandkids will have to decide which ones

THEY want!

I LOVE going through the pictures, reliving vacations, people who have come & gone, etc.

So…the holidays are HERE!

MAKE MEMORIES…and take LOTS of PICTURES!

Here’s my fun ones…

ENJOY!

My next attempt at Pinterest..BAKING!

My next attempt…Pinterest BAKING!

OK…so my LAST attempt
at PINTEREST baking
was…
OK.
NOT GREAT! But ALL was..OK.
(Here is my post on THAT project…)
So…I pulled up my BIG GIRL PANTIES…
and began again!
I have always LOVED my neighbor “grandma” who makes CANDY
and gives it to us for CHRISTMAS.
WELL….IF SHE CAN DO IT…I CAN DO IT!
Maybe?
(She has been cooking for 80+ years…and LOVES IT!)
( I was TAUGHT to cook when I was 8-10…40+ years ago…
BUT  I DO NOT LOVE IT!)
I do it…I try..I don’t enjoy it!
TG…Hubby likes to cook…I  like to clean..
we do well together!
Did I tell you the story of my first biscuits?
Young bride…cooking for new hubby…
made HOMEMADE biscuits.Pictures in cookbook were so nice!
MINE were as
HARD AS ROCKS!!! Actually, did throw one and it hit the fence with a thud!
As a young bride…I was DONE!
NEVER wanted to bake again!
And then I found biscuits in a CAN! POP! DONE!
No more ROCKS! 🙂
So…cooking & I have never been….GREAT.
We have been …good…but NOT GREAT!
So, here I go again!
PINTEREST! YOU KILL ME!
Everything is so…PERFECT!
I CAN DO THAT!
Just follow the recipe…read the directions…look at the pictures!
If you do…it will look exactly like it does on PINTEREST!
RIGHT?
I decided on
ENGLISH  TOFFEE.
I LOVE Almond  Roca!
My mommy LOVES it too.
Maybe I’ll make her some.
MAYBE?
Here is what I wanted:
Looks GREAT!
I am an educated, 50+ year old woman!
I can do this!
So here I go:
(in pictures: )
YES…I FOLLOWED THE DIRECTIONS
(to a TEE!)
Sprinkle chopped nuts on the BOTTOM!
Melt one POUND…YES!
One POUND OF BUTTER!
( No , I cannot taste…too many weight watcher points!) 🙂
Mix sugar, corn syrup, water into butter.
BOIL until light brown!
Spread sugar mix onto cookie sheet.
Sprinkle chocolate chips onto warm candy.
Spread chocolate.
Sprinkle with FINELY chopped nuts!
Freeze until hard.
Break into pieces!
Hubby tried them..
THUMBS UP!
So…Now I will bag them up and share with neighbors..
AND MY MOMMY!
I think this has been a PINTEREST  SUCCESS!
YEAH!
Might try it again…Maybe… 🙂
*PS….
While I was making candy…hubby was cooking too…
He made homemade CHILI
( that he is going to can in jars with the Pressure Cooker!)
( Too much..PRESSURE :)…for me!)
AND….
Crock POT ribs!
YUMMY!
Will be ready for dinner!
As the clean up person…
I do ask that he uses
Crock POT liners..
Easy Clean UP!
Do YOU use them?
You will. The BEST!
So enjoy the holidays my friends!
I might cook…again!
Maybe. 🙂